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A Level Physics at St Anselm's Catholic School

Course description


Physics is an extremely useful subject for the majority of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)
careers. You’ll find physicists everywhere, such as in industry, transport, government, universities, the armed forces, the secret service, games companies and research labs. Physics is especially helpful for jobs that involve building things and developing new technologies, including all types of engineering, astronomy, robotics,
renewable energies, computer science,
communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology. It will help you to build up your problem solving, research, and analytical skills. With these skills you’ll be able to test out new ideas plus question and investigate other people’s theories, which is useful for any kind of job that involves research or debate.

Why study A-Level Physics?

A spokesperson for the Institute of Physics says: “Physicists are involved in finding solutions to many of our most pressing challenges – as well as studying atoms or making sense of the extra-terrestrial, physicists diagnose
disease, model the climate, design computer games, predict markets and design hi-tech goods. Studying physics opens doors.”


Moreover, Physics has been named as a “facilitating subject” by the Russell Group of universities. These are the subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses. They can help students keep their options open when choosing a degree and many of the top universities will ask you to have at least one A-level in a facilitating subject when you apply.


Course content

Course Content
Module 1: Development of practical skills in Physics
 - Practical skills assessed in a written examination
 - Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement



Module 2: Foundation of Physics
 - Physical quantities and units
 - Making measurements and analysing data
 - Nature of quantities


Module 3: Forces in motion
 - Motion
 - Forces in action
 - Work, energy and power

 - Materials
 - Newton’s law of motion and momentum

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
 - Change and current
 - Energy, power and resistance
 - Electrical circuits


 - Waves
 - Quantum physics

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
 - Thermal physics
 - Circular motion
 - Oscillations

 - Gravitational fields
 - Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6: Particles and medical physics
 - Capacitors
 - Electric fields
 - Electromagnetism

 - Nuclear and particle physics
 - Medical imaging


Entry requirements



Future opportunities

Medical imaging, astronomy, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, radiography.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year